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Resources

 

Feel free to download materials that we have created for children and key holidays.  The following links download Word documents that can be printed and used.  Simply click on the topic to start the download.  The buttons take you to pages that provide an overview of the activities and materials.

Activity Resources

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Advent & Christmas

When holiday's come there are very extraordinary projects  and group activities that make for memorable occasions for children and grandchildren.  Here are a few of our favorite projects that we share with you.  You can click on the link of resources to download, as a document to use for your own activities, or click on the button below to get  a preview of what is available.

Jesse Tree Tree  is made up of illustrations for the  stories of Jesus' ancestors- starting with Adam and Eve,, through Moses, David and Goliath. the children color in the illustrations then cut them out and hang them on their tree.

 

Advent Calendars -  These calendars which include an activity for each day in Advent are a beautiful way to count down to Christmas.  Novel Advent Calendars and wreaths are a new approach to an old tradition.  Here are the simple  instructions.
For more information and examples go to our

Advent wreaths page

 

Breakfast in Bethlehem is a Christmas Pageant script for a play, enacted by children, that encompasses participating in the birth of Christ.  Imagine children playing the roles of all that were witness to the birth, instead of a simply endorsing a department store  Santa Claus.

 

Twelve Days of Christmas is more than a song.  It is a way of remembering the core elements of Christianity.  12 days 0f Xmas In times or religious persecution this nonsense rhyme was used as a catechism to teach the children the basic tenets of their faith.

Christmas Page Advent Calendar Jesse Tree 12 Days of christmas Page

Easter

We begin Lent with a Mardi Gras celebration with beignets and Jambalaya.

On Ash Wednesday we encourage the children to get ashes:  "Dust you are and shall to dust return";

We talk about their lenten journey with a different daily activity each day to keep in mind that Jesus fasted in the wilderness for forty days.

Easter:   we use the Jesse eggs game to get the children involved in the story.  they have to guess what each item is in the story of the resurrection

Pysanky Eggs  :  Examples & instructions

Lenten Calendar with daily children's activities

Palm Cross;How to make them

Easter baskets and the traditional food

 

For more information go to our

Easter Activity Page

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Information Resources

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Guardian Angels

Prayer

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God's love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.
Amen

 

there are angels everywhere that watch over us and protect us from harm. There are also the more powerful  archangels;  Learn more about them below

guardian angels page

Saints

 

Zélie and Louis Zélie and Louis Martin are an inspiration to the families of today. Each owned a small business and worked hard while raising a large family. In the 19th century this two-career couple faced the challenges we face in the 21st: finding good child care; achieving professional excellence; operating a profitable business; caring for aging parents; educating a special-needs child; forming their children in the faith; finding time to pray and to be active in their parish. Devout Catholics, they saw Christ in the poor and worked for a just society.
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Sts Anne and Joachim  Grandparents of Jesus.  They helped the Virgin Mary to care for him.
St Joseph  He was a carpenter and stepfather of Jesus, took his family to Egypt to save them from Herod.  We celebrate his feast day with home made traditional breads.
Saint Patrick  He converted the pagans in Ireland to Christianity. He used the shamrock to explain the Trinity: three  parts make up one whole.
St Francis

He came from a wealthy merchant family but gave it all up to follow Christ;  has many followers even today;  

His prayer:  Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

St Nicholas He is the original Santa Claus.  He served in the early years of the church and was noted for his generosity to the poor.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta She ministered faithfully to the poorest of the poor.
Pope John Paul II He suffered much hardship under Communist rule but eventually helped to bring down communism.

 

Saints Page

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Apparitions of Our Lady

Our Lady of Guadaloupe in Mexico. She asked for Juan Diego to persuade the Bishop to build a chapel in her honor. Many thousands of Indians were converted.

 Our Lady of Lourdes in France  where she appeared to a young girl and asked her to pray the rosary.  She asked Bernadette to dig in dry dirt.  When she did so healing water flowed from the site.  Many miraculous healings have taken place there.
 

Our Lady of  Fatima in Portugal where she appeared to 3 young children, asked them to pray the rosary daily.  She performed the Miracle of the Sun and gave them three secrets to share with the pope.

Our Lady of Knock  appeared in Ireland outside  a local church.She did not speak to anyone but stayed for several hours and was seen by many

Apparitions of Our Lady Page

Prayers

A collection of prayers.

we honor Our Lady's grandparents:  St Anne and St Joachim on their Feast day, July 26th.   We ask for their help in bringing up our children and grandchildren.

Prayer of Grandparents

God and Father of all, I ask you to bless me as a grandparent.  Give me the grace to recognize my mission toward my grandchild(name)

May I have a compassionate and generous heart in support of the parents of this child and be a model of wisdom, aging and holiness.  Help me to respect and encourage (name)'s special call to holiness.  May your Holy spirit guide and inspire me on this earthly pilgrimage.  I ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son and Our Lord who with you and the Holy Spirit are One God forever and ever.  Amen.

Grandmothers Beautitudes

Blessed is the grandmother who makes peace with spilled milk and mud pies for such is the realm of childhood.

Blessed is the grandmother who refuses to compare her grandchildren with others, for precious is the rhythm of growth of every child.

Blessed is the grandmother who has learned to laugh, for it is the music of the child’s world.

Blessed is the grandmother who can say “no” without anger, for comforting to the child is the security of a firm decision.

Blessed is the grandmother who shares her faith -  for children need hope.

Blessed is the grandmother who loves her grandchildren in the midst of a hostile world for love is the greatest of all gifts.

For Grandparents

Lord Jesus, you were born of the Virgin Mary, the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne. Look with love on grandparents the world over. Protect them! They are a source of enrichment for families, for the Church and for all of society. Support them!

As they grow older, may they continue to be for their families strong pillars of Gospel faith, guardians of noble domestic ideals and living treasuries of sound religious traditions. Make them teachers of wisdom and courage, that they may pass on to future generations the fruits of their mature human and spiritual experience.

Lord Jesus, help families and society to value the presence and roles of grandparents. May they never be ignored or excluded, but always encounter respect and love. Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed in all the years of life which you give them.

Mary, Mother of all the living, keep grandparents constantly in your care, accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage, and by your prayers, grant that all families may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland, where you await all humanity for the great embrace of life without end. Amen

Mother Teresa's Anyway Poem

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

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Pilgrimages

Our group is planning several pilgrimages this Spring and Summer of 2016 in Southwest Pennsylvania.

In March we hope to go to visit the Mercy doors at St. Vincent's Benedictine Abbey in Latrobe and complete all the requirements for a plenary indulgence.

 June 21 we plan to go to Loretto founded by Father/Prince Gallitzin, the Apostle of the Alleghenies.